“Come and knock on our door… We’ll be waiting for you… sumpthin’ sumpthin’… Three’s Company Too!”
Jack Tripper taught me a valuable financial lesson this week!
My TV watching here in Princeton, Kansas is limited to what comes in for free on my antenna. Usually I get to choose from the main networks, a couple local re-run channels and of course my favorite PBS!!
Anyway, just this week I noticed that Antenna TV is now showing up on 4-2 and it has old TV shows from my youth, Yahtzee!!
I think it was Tuesday when I got sucked into a classic episode of Three’s Company. The gimmick for this show’s hijinks and shenanigans was a brand new to 1981(ish) term called “Computer Dating”.
Jack heard about “Computer Dating” from a couple who’d met each other through “Computer Dating”. Then of course, after some wise cracks, he was set up with his own blind “Computer Date”. He used a fake name and personal info, only to find that his roommate Janet was his “Computer Match”. They had a laugh and in the end all was back to wacky-normal in the Three’s Company Apartment 🙂
Anyway, the point here is that watching this show now, and hearing them discuss “Computer Dating” and showing a manilla-colored card that must’ve been some kind of printout, was awkward and funny.
Times have changed and we now know that they were on to something that did eventually take-off… BUT…
Technology, pop-culture and our current version “new and hip” certainly cycles and changes and sometimes seems ridiculous in retrospect… just like the “Computer Date” that Jack and Janet ended up on 🙂
There are some things in our world that don’t cycle and change and seem ridiculous in retrospect.
The solid financial principal of “The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7) is ancient, biblical and pretty much agreed upon by the majority of the world’s great thinkers…
hmm… so if they’ve been saying the same thing for a couple thousand years and it still rings true today? Well then, I’ll take that as proof of true wisdom!
I can tell you from the perspective of someone who has come out of the land of debt and now live free of it, I couldn’t agree more about this concept.
When we owe, Off to work we must go. Without debt in our lives, we open up a world of options to ourselves.
Start your journey out of slavery and into freedom today. It is worth every step you will take. I promise!
You’re chances of looking foolish (like Jack Tripper) on this journey are high. Most of our society is still listening to the marketing and recommendations of lenders and people that want to sell you “the good life” for 90 days same as cash, or 0% interest or a store credit card with lots of discounts and “incentives” attached.
I’ll take the Real Good Life, and continue to be debt-free, thanks anyways. If you want to shut down the TV, pick up a book and get some old-school wisdom, let me know. I’ll be glad to point you in the right direction!
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